It’s a day that so many of us have marked on our calendars…well, those of us who actually own calendars, that is. So many adults around the world have already made arrangements to take the day before Veteran’s Day off of work in hopes of a two-day post-apocalyptic binging, and oh so many younger folk are preparing to skip class for days on end just to get their fix. That’s right, Fallout 4 is now less than a month away, and for a great deal of the gaming population, November 10 is going to be a day of nothing that remotely resembles actual productive activity. We can sit around and wonder if the world is going to grind to a halt when Bethesda Game Studios’ latest open world title hits the market until we’re blue in the face, but one thing is certain here: the nature of open-world games might be able to change forever thanks to the way that this particular team designs its games.
One of the first things that people said when Fallout 4 was officially revealed was that, although it looked worlds better than the downright ugly Fallout 3, it certainly wasn’t one of the games that will define the visual prowess of this generation. Bethesda Game Studios has always seemed to strive for expansive worlds over breathtaking visuals, as the studio likely finds that getting a player lost in a fictional world is far better than having the best textures in the industry. The theory on how deep Fallout 4 has the potential to be is as follows: Fallout 3 was an ugly game that had more content than most players would ever be able to experience, so Fallout 4‘s good but not great visuals might mean that this is the biggest open-world game ever. The thing is, it seems like every AAA game is turning into an open world game, which is totally a point that gamers are probably sick of media members bringing up every five seconds, so just how expansive can Fallout 4 be?
Of course, the extended demonstration that Bethesda showed off to the world at E3 2015 clearly proved that there is going to be no shortage of things to do here. From a robust weapon crafting system that allows you to take just about everything you pick up and turn it into something that can blast the heads off of ghouls from a mile away. Add this to the base-building mechanic, which is going to satisfy a player-base that may not have been drawn to Fallout 4 in the first place (read: there will be some Minecraft players somewhere who are going to be drawn to this part of Fallout 4). The fact that your character can actually say words is going to lay the foundation for some potentially awesome and robust narrative moments. Oh, and to top it all off, this is the first game this generation from the studio that gave the world Skyrim, so would it really be that big of a surprise if Fallout 4 is the biggest open world game we’ve ever seen? Sure, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a straight up masterpiece and the best RPG of this generation so far, but there’s a chance that Bethesda Game Studios could wind up giving us something that snatches the “Game You’d Bring to a Deserted Island” Award right out of Geralt’s scarred paws.
What’s even more hilarious to think about is the fact that there are going to be some gamers out there that stock up for the release of Fallout 4 like they’re preparing to live in an actual fallout shelter (no, not the mobile game). Red Bull will fly off the shelves and flow like water and the snack aisles of grocery stores located in the same shopping plaza as GameStops will be as empty as can be. One can only imagine the amount of fake coughs during calls to gruff bosses and the subsequent beer cracks after phones are turned off. Yes, there are far more people out there who don’t play Fallout compared to the amount of people who do, but the entire gaming world is going to stop for at least one day, which is kind of horrifying in a dystopian sort of way. A collection of talented people put out a product and all of a sudden an entire industry, short of those looking forward to Rise of the Tomb Raider, finds a way to grind to a halt. This is our future.
While we don’t know whether or not the Earth will cease to spin around the sun on November 10, we do know that there are going to be millions of people who want to do nothing besides sit in front of a screen and lose themselves. For days on end, there will be members of society who will do nothing more than stare into bright rectangles for hours at a time, and they’ll love every minute of it. It’s insane to think of how big this game is, but let’s ponder this point in a different manner, shall we? Fallout 4 is going to be so massive that it could sink Tinder’s userbase for at least one day. After all, who is going to want to engage in surface-level online dating when there is an entire new wasteland to explore? I know it’s going to be a challenge to stay alive when all you want to do is play more Fallout 4, but here is one bit of advice that is shockingly going to be useful to some of you out there:
Remember to eat and drink water, lest Fallout 4 actually does end your life.